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Alternative Narratives for Space Planning: A Selective Bibliography


Bruner, J. S. (1990). Acts of meaning. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Buschman, J. E., & Leckie, G. J. (2007). The library as place: History, community, and culture. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.

Dargis, M. (2017, September 12). Review: We the (library-card carrying) people of ‘Ex Libris’. New York Times, p. C1.

Demas, S. (2005). From the ashes of Alexandria: What’s happening in the academic library. In Library as place: rethinking roles, rethinking space (CLIR Publication No. 129, pp 29-40). Washington, DC: Council on Library and Information Resources. Retrieved from

Diller, K. (2017). Space Assessment: An Interdisciplinary Look at Past and Present Studies. In Assessing library space for learning (pp. 3-20). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Edwards, J. B., Robinson, M. S., & Unger, K. R. (2013). Transforming libraries, building communities: The community-centered library. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.

Elmborg, J. K. (2011). Libraries as the spaces between us. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 50(4), 338-350.

Fister, B. (2014, January 2). Some assumptions about libraries [Web log post]. Retrieved from

Freeman, G. T. (2005). Library as place: Rethinking roles, rethinking space (CLIR Publication No. 129, pp 29-40). Washington, DC: Council on Library and Information Resources.

Harris, C. (2007). Libraries with lattes: The new third place. Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services, 20(4), 145-152.

Hersberger, J. A., Sua, L., & Murray, A. L. (2007). The fruit and root of the community: The Greensboro Carnegie Negro Library, 1904-1964. In J. E. Buschman & G. J. Leckie, (Eds.), Libraries as place: history, community and culture (pp. 79-100). Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.

Jaguszewski, J., & Mcguire, L. (2018). Connector, catalyst, and common good: Defining the academic library of the 21st century. Library Leadership & Management, 32(2), 1-20.

Lane, A. (2017, September 18). Frederick Wiseman’s “Ex Libris.” The New Yorker. Retrieved from

Lefebvre, H. (1984). The production of space. (D. Nicholson-Smith, Trans.). Oxford, England: Blackwell Press.

Mattern, S. (2014). Library as infrastructure: reading room, social service center, innovation lab. How far can we stretch the public library? Places Journal, 2014. Retrieved from

McCrudden, M. T., & McNamara, D. S. (2018) Cognition in education. New York: Routledge.

Montgomery, S. E. (2017). Assessing library space for learning. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Oldenburg, R. (1999). The great good place: Cafés, coffee shops, bookstores, bars, hair salons, and other hangouts at the heart of a community. New York, NY: Marlowe & Company.

Oldenburg, R. (2001). Celebrating the third place: Inspiring stories about the great good places at the heart of our communities. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press.

Shenton, H. (2009). Collaboratories and bubbles of shush – How libraries are transforming [Video file]. Retrieved from

Templeton, T. C. (2008). Placing the library: An argument for the phenomenological and constructivist approach to the human geography of the library. Library Quarterly, 78(2), 195-209.

Watson, L. (2013). Better library and learning space. London, England: Facet Publishing.

Wiegand, W. A. (2005). Library as place. Paper presented at theYour Library, the Place to be, at the Biennial Conference of the North Carolina Library Association, Winston-Salem, NC. 76-81. Retrieved from

Wiseman, F. (Producer), & Wiseman, F. (Director). (2017). Ex Libris: New York Public Library [Motion picture]. United States: Zipporah Films.

Yan, W. (2016, April 15). New rule requires university students to book library seats on WeChat. China Daily. Retrieved from


Foote, S. M. (2004). Changes in library design: An architect’s perspective. Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 4(1), 41-59.

Franck, K. A., & Howard, T. S. (2010). Design through dialogue: A guide for architects and clients. Chichester West Sussex, England: John Wiley & Sons.

Gutman, R. (2009). The social meaning of architecture. In People and buildings (pp. 271-336). New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, Rutgers.

Israel, T. (2010). Some place like home: Using design psychology to create ideal places. Princeton, NJ: Design Psychology Press.

Israel, T. (2015) Design psychology [Web log post]. Retrieved from

Psarra, S. (2009). Architecture and narrative: The formation of space and cultural meaning. New York, NY: Routledge.

Wilkins, C. L. (2007). The aesthetics of equity: Notes on race space architecture and music. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Environmental Autobiography

Beth, Amy. (2018). Libraries and the Missing Narrative: practitioners’ explorations in the use of design psychology and environmental autobiography for library buildings and design (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from

Boschetti, M. A. (1987). Memories of childhood homes: Some contributions of environmental autobiography to interior design education and research. Journal of Interior Design, 13(2), 27-36.

Hanagarne, J. (2013). The world’s strongest librarian: a memoir of Tourettes, faith, strength, and the power of family. New York, NY: Gotham Books.

Marcus, C. C. (1979). Environmental autobiography. Working Paper 301. Berkeley, CA: University of California, Institute of Urban & Regional Development.

Rivlin, L. (1978). Environmental autobiography. Childhood City Newsletter. 14, 2. Available from Graduate School of City University of New York.

Shlain, T. (Producer), & Lewis, S., & Evans, C. (Directors). (2010).Connected: An autobiography about love, death, and technology. [Video and DVD] United States: Moxie.

Environmental Psychology

DeClercq, C. P., & Cranz, G. (2014). Moving beyond seating-centered learning environments: Opportunities and challenges in a POE of a campus library. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40(6), 574-584.

Decortis, F., & Lentini, L. (2010). Space and places: when interacting with and in physical space becomes a meaningful experience. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 14(5), 407-415. doi:10.1007/s00779-009-0267-y

Diller, K. (2014). Restorative Library Study Space (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from

Herzog, T. R., Hayes, L. J., Applin, R. C., & Weatherly, A. M. (2011). Compatibility: An experimental demonstration. Environment and Behavior, 43, 90-105. doi:10.1177/0013916509351211

Ouellette, P., Kaplan, R., & Kaplan, S. (2005). The monastery as a restorative environment. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 25(2), 175-188.

Oyedum, G. U., & Nwalo, K. I. N. (2011). Perceptions by undergraduate students of the environmental conditions and resources availability in selected university libraries in Nigeria. African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science, 21(1), 73-84.

Wu, X. (2005). Yuelu Academy: Landscape and gardens of neo-Confucian pedagogy. The History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes, 25(3), 156-190.


Attali, J. (1999). The labyrinth in culture and society: Pathways to wisdom. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Kociatkiewicz, J., & Kostera, M. (2015). Into the labyrinth: Tales of organizational nomadism. Organizational Studies, 36(1), 55-71.


Carpiano, R. M. (2009). Come take a walk with me: The “Go-Along” interview as a novel method for studying the implications of place for health and well-being. Health & Place, 15(1), 263-272.

Evans, J., & Jones, P. (2011). The walking interview: Methodology, mobility, and place. Applied Geography, 31(2), 849-858.

Riley, M. (2010). Emplacing the research encounter: Exploring farm life histories. Qualitative Inquiry, 16(8), 651-662.

Smale, M. A., & Regalado, M. (2014). “I like being under those rules here”: Students using the college library. CUNY Academic Works. Retrieved from

Wood, T. M., & Kompare, C. (2017). Participatory design methods for collaboration and communication. The code{4}lib Journal, 35. Retrieved from


Bates, J. A. (2004). Use of narrative interviewing in everyday information behavior research. Library & Information Science Research, 26(1), 15-28.

Braid, D. (1996). Personal narrative and experiential meaning. The Journal of American Folklore, 109(431), 5.

Bruner, J. S. (2004). Life as narrative. Social Research: An International Quarterly, 71(3), 691-710.

Daiute, C., & Lightfoot, C. (2004). Narrative analysis: studying the development of individuals in society. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publication.

Eckerdal, J. R. (2013, September). Empowering interviews: Narrative interviews in the study of information literacy in everyday life settings. Information Research, 18(3), 10.

Hanagarne, J. (2013, October 30). Community engagement: Inspiring insights & stories [Web log post]. Retrieved from

Herman, D., Phelan, J., Rabinowitz, P. J., Richardson, B., & Warhol, R. (2012). Narrative worlds: Space, setting, perspective. In Narrative theory: Core Concepts and Critical Debates (pp. 84-110). Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press.

Josselson, R. H., & Lieblich, A. (1999). Making meaning of narratives. Newbury Park, CA: SAGE Publications.

Ospina, S. M. & Dodge, J. (2005). It’s about time: Catching method up to meaning- The usefulness of narrative inquiry in public administration research. Public Administration Review, 65(2), 143-157. doi:10.1111/j.1540-6210.2005. 00440.x

Warhol, R. (2012). A feminist approach to narrative. In J. Phelan, P. J. Rabinowitz & R. Warhol (Eds.), Narrative theory: Core concepts and critical debates (pp. 9-14). Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press.

Place Attachment

Chawla, L. (1992). Childhood place attachments. In I. Altman & S. M. Low (Eds.) Place attachment, Human behavior and environment, Volume 12, (pp. 63-86). Boston, MA: Springer.

Lewicka, M. (2011). Place attachment: How far have we come in the last 40 years. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 31(3), 207-230.

Manzo, L. C., & Devine-Wright, P. (2014). Place attachment: Advances in theory, methods and applications. New York, NY: Routledge.

Raymond, C. M., Kyttä, M., & Stedman, R. (2017). Sense of place, fast and slow: The potential contributions of affordance theory to sense of place. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1674.

Rioux, L., Scrima, F., & Werner, C. M. (2017). Space appropriation and place attachment: University students create places. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 50, 60-68. 

Scannell, L., & Gifford, R. (2010). Defining place attachment: A tripartite organizing framework. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 30(1), 1-10.

Scannell, L., & Gifford, R. (2017). The experienced psychological benefits of place attachment. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 51, 256-269.